L.A. Breast Chronicles

Breast Health News
....That Can't Be Missed

January 14, 2019
The principles of breast health care are constantly evolving. The mission of this biweekly E-newsletter is to share current and breaking news about breast cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment, with editorial comments added for further clarity. Please feel free to share with your friends and family. For questions, comments, or requests for new topics, just email LABreastChronicles @drholmesmd.com .

Dennis R. Holmes, MD, FACS
Breast Cancer Surgeon & Researcher
How "Dense" Are You?
There's a movement afoot in America. From Maine to Florida, Texas, Oregon, and now California, the "Are You Dense?" movement has led to enactment of laws that ensure that women receive proper education regarding the significance of breast density and its impact on breast cancer risk and cancer detection. Find out more about the California Law and what you should know about breast density....
American Society of Breast Surgeons

Dallas, TX  - Dr. Holmes is honored to serve as the Chair of the 20th Annual Meeting of the  American Society of Breast Surgeons , April 30-May 5, 2019, in Dallas, Texas, a 3,000 member society. Breast cancer surgery innovation will be focus of this year's meeting.
In the Press: New Study Calls for Universal Genetic Testing of Breast Cancer Patients
  In an upcoming article in the  Journal of Clinical Oncology  and accompanying invited editorial, Dr. Holmes and his co-authors present compelling evidence supporting universal genetic testing of breast cancer patients for pathogenic hereditary cancer mutations. In a 1,000 patient national study of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, an equal frequency of deleterious mutations was detected in women who both met and did not meet NCCN genetic testing guidelines. These findings support universal genetic testing of breast cancer patients and may someday lead to a change in NCCN genetic testing guidelines.
Latest Developments in Breast Surgery...
Innovations in which Dr. Holmes has played a key role*:

Cryoablation - as current national P.I. of the F.R.O.S.T. Trial ( F reezing Instead of R esection O f S mall T umors). A minimally invasive alternative to cancer surgery.

Targeted Intraoperative Radiotherapy (TARGIT) - as national P.I. of the TARGIT U.S. Registry Trial, TARGIT Ductal Carcinoma in situ Trial and TARGIT-A TRIAL. Radiotherapy administered at the time of lumpectomy.

Oncoplastic Surgery - as Co-chair of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and American College of Surgeons Oncoplastic Surgery Training Courses (2016-2018). Partial mastectomy combined with breast lift or reduction.

Coming Up in the Next Issue of L.A. Breast Chronicles:

"How to Get Screened If You Have Dense Breasts"

Dennis R. Holmes, MD, FACS
Breast Cancer Surgeon and Researcher
Editor, L.A. Breast Chronicles


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